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Why fairness isn’t everything

The debate about pay inequality is never far from the surface and the CIPD’s recent finding that top bosses earn more than 100 times the average salary only adds fuel to it.  Many believe that the argument comes down to a question of fairness.  But fairness is not the only value in town when it comes to thinking about who should be paid. Other values – such as the values of efficiency and of community – have an important role to play in our thinking here.  

The OBR and the limits of impartiality

The suggestion that the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) should be available to check the fiscal sums presented by the political parties in their election manifestos offers the prospect of elevating the national economic debate.  But the OBR would need to be careful that its hard-earned reputation for impartiality could survive exposure to party political competition. 

Will Hutton on fair pay, luck, and desert

The publication of Will Hutton’s Review of Fair Pay in the public sector has reignited the debate about what fairness requires of us when it comes to people’s pay. Hutton’s own analysis of fairness is philosophically ambitious, drawing as it does on a prominent school of academic thought called luck egalitarianism. But it is also philosophically flawed, as we show in our article in People Management.